The Race

I've helping a friend teach a class on the Art of the Blog for the last few weeks and another 2 weeks to go, and it's kind of exciting for a number of reasons. One is, even though I do tech support on a daily basis, it's kind of fun to come up with tech tips for something new and for an appreciative audience rather than a frazzled customer. The other exciting and slightly scary element was the...

In the Beginning

Everyday is a beginning, and in the beginning, it's always murky - sometimes even dark.  Beginnings still take determination and fight - whether it's a new run or another day toward a new life.  It's not until the first bead of sweat breaks that the rhythm of the trail or the day takes over.  It's self-sustaining until the exhaustion that must come does, but when it passes, what is left...

Back on the Horse

Last weekend I fell of the wagon and fell hard. Knowing there was a party at the end of the day, I decided to take a day off from fitness and counting calories and label reading. I've been pretty good for most of the last month, and even though I told myself not to say never-ever to treats, ever was supposed to be limited to three bites. Saturday I took three huge bites. The first bite was the...

Off the Couch

  I've coveted a lot this summer:  a smaller pair of jeans, a stronger body, a more active lifestyle, and that really cool running tank to wear for my first 5K in three years. I checked most of the things off my wish list by getting fit enough to finish the afore-mentioned 5K.  However, while getting able to complete those 3.1 miles did indeed let me squeeze into a smaller jean size and a...

The Pack

 At the beginning of the summer, I could barely walk up the hill of our 900 hundred foot driveway without stopping to get more air. For most of the spring, I rationalized my 'performance' with the excuse that I had started the year with pneumonia. Knowing that not moving was worsening my lung condition didn't get me off the couch until late night chest pains sent me to the...